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Shelby May Return to TPD Next Week

Betty Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter late Wednesday night in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan talked about her future on Thursday morning. "I know there's going to be questions about Officer Shelby's employment. That is being analyzed right now, as we speak, by city human resources, as well as police human resources and the legal department," Jordan said. "And there should be some result come out of that in the very near future." The very near...

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Third Attempt to Expand Long-Lateral Drilling in Oklahoma Moves Forward

Oklahoma lawmakers start approval of a compromise bill to allow expanded long-lateral drilling in the state. Senate Bill 867, The Oklahoma Energy and Jobs Act, allows horizontal wells more than a mile long in non-shale formations, where they are currently prohibited. Rep. Kevin Calvey said there are two benefits. "One, it's going to be more revenue in from gross production taxes. In a time when we're going through such angst in our budget, this will help the budget," Calvey said. "And,...

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5 Objectives To Watch For During Trump's First Overseas Trip

President Trump will try to leave his troubles behind as he departs on the first foreign trip of his presidency. It's an ambitious itinerary with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican and two meetings with European leaders. Here are five objectives to watch for as Trump goes overseas. 1. Will the cloud of controversy follow? There has been one "bad news" headline after another involving the Trump administration breaking every day this week. But if the president is looking for a...

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On the Next All This Jazz, We Spotlight Several Outstanding Trombonists

Listen for the next All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 20th , right here on KWGS -FM / Public Radio Tulsa. We'll hear from Anat Cohen , Jimmy Heath, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Edward Simon, Cassandra Wilson, and many more . And our third-hour theme -- r unning from 11pm until midnight -- will be Trombone Players. Thus we'll dig such excellent slide-horn practitioners as Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Tommy Dorsey, Ryan Keberle (with his band known as Catharsis; shown here), and so on.....

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Last night, a jury here in Tulsa acquitted one Betty Shelby -- a white Tulsa Police officer -- who had been charged with first-degree manslaughter after she shot and killed an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher last September. Some people in this community feel that justice has been served, while others feel, as was stated by Rev. Joey Crutcher, the victim's father, after the verdict came down: "I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder." Where does Tulsa go from here?

This edition of ST features a discussion with José Torres-Tama, the New Orleans-based performance artist who will soon present his Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras project at Living Arts of Tulsa. This production will be staged on Thursday and Friday, the 18th and 19th, with both shows starting at 8pm. Also on our program is the local poet Amairani Perez, who will be one of the Tulsa-based artists participating in this project.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about the Oklahoma Bike Summit 2017, which will happen later this week (the 19th and 20th) in Muskogee and Tahlequah -- and which will, per its website, focus "on attaining physical and mental well-being through bicycling. It will address bicycling for individuals with disabilities, as spiritual and emotional healing process, and to improve the health of a whole community." Our guest is Jayme Brown, who will give an address entitled "Ride to Recovery: Cycling as Rehabilitation" at this summit.

On this edition of our program, we learn about the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, or OHAI, which was, per its website, "established in 2012 by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. OHAI understands that good health is key to successful aging. We focus in improving the health of older adults across the state through caregiver-training and health-promotion education. We also partner with health systems to establish senior health clinics to increase access to geriatric health care.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Daniel Hege, the Principal Guest Conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, who returns to our show to speak about the final TSO concert of the season (for which he'll be at the helm). That concert will happen tomorrow night, Saturday the 13th, at the Tulsa PAC. On the program, three "can't miss" favorites: Haydn's "Symphony No. 90," Kodaly's "Háry János Suite," and Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" (the 1945 version). Please note that you can access more information about this concert here.

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